Given back in the frame

Stoke goalkeeper Shay Given has declared himself fit and raring to go after Jack Butland was ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Stoke: Given back in the frameStoke: Given back in the frame

The Potters have been hit by a hammer blow after Butland fractured his ankle while playing for England against Germany on Saturday, and boss Mark Hughes is now weighing up his options for the remainder of the season.

23-year-old Jakob Haugaard could be in line to make his Premier League debut after arriving from FC Midtjylland in the summer, but Given is also an option.

The 39-year-old is back training following five months on the sidelines with a knee injury and has declared himself ready to face Swansea this weekend if required.

Given could also be needed for the Republic of Ireland at Euro 2016 after Rob Elliot picked up a serious knee injury that could also rule him out of the tournament.

“I feel I could play at the weekend,” he said. “It has given me a lift. I had a buzz in training today. I had reserve games pencilled in for next week.

“I just spoke to Martin (O’Neill) and the players down there to catch up. He asked me how I was – he is hoping I get into Stoke team to make the decision more difficult for him.”

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